The DCP Countdown Begins…

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Hello and welcome to the Quillegible blog of happiness! If you don’t know what quillegible means, it basically means that it’s a tremendous compliment to a writer by calling their writing a gift from the Gods. (Look at the website title if you don’t believe me!)

Oh. My. Good. Lord. My Disney College Program experience officially begins 10 days from now, and guess how excited I am? (Hint: a little more than the Linda Belcher up there)

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am not only honored at this chance but also extremely nervous and anxious because my itinerary has yet to show up (#latearrivalprobs). 

So, to pass the time, I will be doing an additional daily DCP blog that’ll sort of tie in to my other Disney blog posts but will also be separate because it’s a countdown series. Today, since there are only 10 days left before my check-in, I decided it would be appropriate to list my Top 10 places that I would love to work at. Since I’m a Seater, I’m particularly excited about the restaurants at Walt Disney World since there are so many of them. Now I don’t know of any horror stories about any of the restaurants, and this list is strictly built by my opinion, so if you find yourself disagreeing with me, I apologize in advance.

10. 50’s Prime Time Café

The thing about all these restaurants at Walt Disney World is that it’s not just the food but the overall experience and the story they tell. After the World War II era of the 1940’s, the 1950’s has always been known as a decade of prosperity because Wall Street was finally able to crawl out of the Depression of the 1930’s and become an economic pillar in the United States again. 50’s Prime Time Café tells the story and gives us the experience of that prosperous decade that is otherwise known as the inspiration behind every primary school sock hop. To be a Seater here would be a fun bash in Fat City!

9. Olivia’s Café


I’ll admit…I had no idea there was a place called Olivia’s Café until I looked it up! Now I can only hope that I work there just so I could say I did! Now I don’t know if they have Seaters at this particular restaurant, but I really hope they do! 

8. Rainforest Café


Rainforest Café is a national chain of restaurants, so it’s certainly not unfamiliar to me. However, the experience of the restaurant where there’s a rainstorm every 30 minutes is nothing short of enchanting to all the kids who come to eat, and it’d be great to experience that as a Seater.

7. Victoria and Albert’s


I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria and Albert’s that the only bad thing is its price. Being a Seater in this restaurant would call for grace, a pleasant smile, and elegance. Working here would feel like working at Buckingham Palace!

6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Resaturant


I dined here once with my family and we had a great time. The food was decent, but everyone was so nice and it was a lot of fun feeling like we were actually in a drive-in theater! To be a Seater here would be a fun experience when I guide people into the restaurant and I see their faces.

5. Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Because it’s a Club, I don’t know if they need a Seater, but if they do, sign me up! Club Villain is deliciously evil from the drinks to the villains themselves, so being a Seater and having the chance to interact with this kind of place would be a barrel of laughs! Evil laughs, that is!

4. Ohana


Ohana means family, so if I work at Ohana, I’d get the real feel for family, which isn’t that what Disney is all about? Plus, someone probably has to clean up after Stitch’s messes, and I’d volunteer for that!

3. 1900 Park Fare


1900 Park Fare is a classic luncheon place that would be a dream to work at, because I would be the first face the guests see when they walk through the door. Plus, I love that classic 1900’s experience, much like I love the vibe of the 50’s!

2. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall


Who doesn’t want to be treated like royalty? Akershus is crazy full of people who just want to have a good experience at the end of the day, and I’d love to help however I can.

And Number 1 place for me to work is…

1. Crystal Palace


This is the place where I first met Pooh Bear and fell in love with Disney. This is a very personal reason for me to work there, but honestly, that’s the love that’s gotten me into the College Program, and it’d be fitting for me to work at the place that started it all for me.
Now I may get into one of these places, or I may get into none of them. These are only my top restaurants I’d love to work at, but at the end of the day, I get to work at one of the most magical places on Earth, and that’s more than enough for me.

Where are the places you’d love to work at Disney?

Mickey Mouse Mondays! – DCP Prep Part II

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Happy Monday everybody! Before I get started, I just want to give a huge shoutout to the month of January which is officially known as National Mentors’ Month! This is the month for not only thanking your parents for guiding you, but also your teachers, your tutors, your professors, your therapists, or anyone else who you consider a mentor. And now, it’s time for the best part of the week…MICKEY MOUSE MONDAY!


Now the Disney College Program starts in only a few short weeks for me, and to celebrate, I started a series last week called DCP Prep. I made two different long sleeved shirts that cost me only $5 to make instead of ordering them for $45 apiece. Click here if you missed it!

But now for Part II, in which I discuss some of the biggest Disney Do’s and Don’ts of the College Program. Mainly the Do’s…cause what part of Disney would you NOT want to do? Let’s consider it the Disney College Program New Year’s Resolution List of Quillegible Awesomeness! (Or DCPNYRLQA for short ;))

 I always thought Disney Meet and Greets were awkward, but after hearing so many wonderful stories of meeting Disney characters, I figured what better resolution to start off my list than to start meeting more characters more often? True, I’ll technically be working with the friends of these characters, and I may even know them personally when I see them, but greeting them could be magical in its own way. 

 I officially turned 21 last summer (and that was definitely a magical celebration!), and drinking around the world at Epcot is a famous pastime for adults who love Disney (or for adults who have been watching the kids all day). Plus, with other DCPs who are 21 or over, drinking around the world can be a celebration worth remembering!

 I’ll admit…I’ve always been camera shy. I never considered myself very pretty and therefore whenever my mom whipped the camera out for some reason, I never really enjoyed being the center of attention that way. However, since I’ve started working out, I’ve started feeling more comfortable with myself and I would love to have a photo session at Disney World for potential job interviews, college graduation, and/or just for fun, just to say I did it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a better background!

 Speaking of working out, RunDisney has 5ks which are perfect for noobs like me! If there ever was a time to do it, it would be this year. Dark Side 2017, here I come! (Side note: who should I dress up as? Hit me up and let me know! I’d leave to hear from you!)

 

Bet you didn’t know you could parasail on Bay Lake! You did? Oh…well…I didn’t. I’ve never been parasailing before (and I will admit after seeing the third Jurassic Park movie as a kid, can you blame me?), but being able to see Cinderella Castle and the rest of Disney World from a bird’s eye view? How can you say no? It’s a once in a lifetime experience that lets you see a whole new world (sorry not sorry).
This is only a small portion of my DCP bucket list that I really want to do while I’m in Florida. If you are going to be in the DCP or you were in the DCP, what is something you would recommend doing? Hit me up and let me know in the Contacts page, on Facebook, or on LinkedIn! Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting impatiently for January 30th…it can’t get here fast enough.


Mickey Mouse Mondays- Was I WRONG?!

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to yet another Mickey Mouse Monday!


So, Moana came out for Thanksgiving. And after seeing it, not only was I completely in love with the movie as a whole, but I couldn’t help but think back to one of my first posts on this blog – a prediction about Moana as a movie (click her name if you want to read the article).

Now it’s time to regroup and reconsider…what did I get wrong, and what did I get right? Let’s take all the exhibits one at a time:

BEWARE! SPOILERS AHEAD!


EXHIBIT A:

The art of dance in Polynesian culture.

As far as I can recall, the culture of Moana’s tribe and fire dancing don’t really have a huge influence on the movie except as an opening song. That being said, though, that culture carried through all of the songs in the movie, thanks to the fabulous Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, this one I was wrong on, to an extent. That doesn’t mean there was not dancing in the movie, but like I said, it was rather condensed into the one song.

EXHIBIT B:

Polynesian mythology.

For most of this section, I focused on Maui who is the demigod shapeshifter and hero of man (I’m missing some titles there).  I predicted that, since Maui was the trickster God, he would trick Moana, even go so far as to trick her and become the villain. The thing is…I was right! Maui used his song You’re Welcome to trick Moana into a trap so he could steal her boat and escape the island he had been stranded on for thousands of years. He didn’t become the obvious villain, but since he was the one who caused all the bad stuff to happen in the Pacific Ocean, we could kind of blame him for everything. 


EXHIBIT C:

Vari-Ma-Te-Takere.

That ending was the biggest twist I’ve ever seen in a Disney movie. Is it the biggest twist of all time? No, it’s been done before by countless other movies. It’s nice to see Disney start catching up to more modern storytelling, though. Long story short, there is a lava demon by the name of Te Kā, which is kind of similar to Vari-Ma-Te-Takere.  I won’t exactly mention what happens to Te Kā in the movie, but hey, Disney lava demon = actual Polynesian demon. Another win for me!
So, my predictions weren’t all that off! They certainly weren’t on point, but it was really cool to actually dig through Polynesian mythology and try to piece together the story based off of all the concept art. Kind of like being Sherlock Holmes, really. Or is it more like…Sherlock PALMS???


Anyway, happy Monday everyone! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic day! If you liked this post, check out my other Disney posts below:

DCP Prep – Part I
I’ve put a SPELL on Mickey Mouse Mondays!
The Disney Monday After 9/11…
If you have any suggestions for future Mickey Mouse Mondays, or for any other posts, let me know! 

Now, I want to hear from you! What was your favorite part of Moana?

Mickey Mouse Mondays! – DCP Prep Part I

Happy New Years and Happy Mickey Mouse Monday, everybody! 


For those of you who don’t know, Mickey Mouse Monday is the day of the week where we get to celebrate all things Disney, and today is extra special because, for the whole of January, I will be prepping for my internship at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando!


It’s such an honor and a blessing to be able to have this opportunity, so to celebrate, I will be doing DCP (or Disney College Program) Prep posts for the whole of January, starting with a very basic (but fun craft).

We’ve all seen those adorable long sleeved shirts with the writing on the back that extends past the shoulders that says a specific location or name. Here’s an example of one from a shop on Etsy called BlingItByDesign:


But shirts like these can range from $25 to $45, which on a typical college budget, could have paid for dinner for 3 nights. And I don’t know about you guys, but I like food. So, how do you get a shirt like this for less than $10? 

You will need:

  • A Sharpie
  • A T-shirt cardboard frame
  • A $5 long sleeved shirt

You can get the shirt from anywhere, but I got mine from Hobby Lobby because it’s a decent quality shirt for a really low price.


The first thing you need to do is plan out what you want to draw on your shirt. This is the major difference between what people sell on Etsy and what a kindergartener would make. For me, I planned out what was going on the shirt, found the correct font for it (Waltogram!), and even planned out the number of letters in each word so that the design looks even.

Next, put the long sleeved shirt over the T-shirt frame and start drawing! I recommend you draw your design in pencil first so that, if you make a mistake, you can erase it and start over. Then, draw it in sharpie.

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Based off of suggestions from fellow Disney fans, I decided to go with an Ariel theme due to the red shirt. Sketching her out was so difficult to do on cotton!

The font is so cool!
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Note: the smell of the sharpie is insane, so be careful when you’re drawing on the shirt!
And there you have it! Part I is complete. I made another shirt like this one and I will be wearing one of them when I check in to the Disney College Program on January 30th. So if you’re in the program and you see me, feel free to say hi! 

Ta-da!
Always try on your shirt to make sure it fits!

What else should I do to prep for the College Program? Let me know and I might include it in a future post! Want to see more Disney fun or crafty craziness? Check out my other posts below!

WEIRD Disney?!
Stay Cool, my Disney Friends
Shutter Up!

The Disney Monday After 9/11…

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I was 6 when those planes destroyed the Twin Towers. And I’m sorry to say I don’t remember any of it. All I know is that because of that day, because of 9/11, airport security is ridiculous. Innocent Muslims get called terrorists and are attacked simply because of their beliefs and that those nutballs responsible for that tragedy identify themselves with Islam.

I spent the rest of my childhood, and am now an adult, in a post 9/11 world. 15 years after we lost the lives of so many valuable Americans and I’m still scared of turning on the television. What will come on? More accusations on Hillary Clinton? On Donald Trump? More distrust between people of different values and beliefs, because everybody’s still scared?

It makes me want to cry. More importantly, it makes me want to go to Disney.

 

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Yes, Disney has its faults just like every other American industry. Yes, there are questionable motives behind each new Disney Princess they make, and meanwhile most Disney Princes seem cookie cutter at best. There’s a lot of grievances against the Disney corporation and sometimes for good reason.

But “Disney Dissers” are missing the point. It’s not about the blatant and awkward song sequences or the sometimes offensive character designs. What’s more important to us Disney lovers is the feeling of hope that we sometimes can’t find anywhere else – not even with our family and friends. Whenever I go to Disney World or Disney Land I always want to spend more time walking down Main Street and in Fantasyland because the atmosphere is just that strong and resonant with my soul. I’m home.

I’m not trying to come off as some Disney “holier-than-thou” cretin. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, in times like these, let’s not be afraid to go back to what makes us feel safest and loved.


 

On a happier note, I’m back in business! This semester has been crazy the past couple of weeks, so posting won’t be as frequent as it used to be. 🙁

But I will keep posting, and I just want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s been with me so far! Your words of encouragement have been awesome to hear, and I love that everyone I’ve talked to about my blog has been so supportive!

Don’t know what my official posting schedule will be like yet, but you can bet I’m not letting this blog go anytime soon. Thanks again to everyone and I can’t wait to see what this school year will bring!

Why is ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ So COOL?!

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Happy Monday, everybody!

Since school has started/will start soon, what better way to talk about Disney this week than with Bill Nye the Science Guy? Because, let’s all admit it:

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This was the best part of elementary/middle school.

Why is he so important, though? What makes him so special that he has shaped an entire generation into budding science nerds?

Let’s look at this like Bill Nye himself would!

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Bill Nye (or William Sanford Nye) is not only a science educator and a television presenter, but also a mechanical engineer. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science at Cornell University, before moving on to making training films for Boeing. He got his start in television thanks to a local sketch comedy in Seattle called Almost Live! and continued to grow as “The Science Guy” until he began working for Disney in 1998. The rest, as they say, is history.

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In every single one of these “Bill Nye the Science Guy” episodes, Nye runs amuck explaining basic scientific processes (earthquakes, the moon, volcanoes, etc.) with simple sentences and parody songs of popular 90’s hits. In addition, Nye’s assistants comprise of kids who are just as curious as the kids watching the show.

But surely he’s not the only guy who’s made science cool. What, then, makes Bill stand out from the rest? Other than the fact that he’s hilarious and easy to understand, what makes him so special?

That, my dear friends, all boils down to one certain tool. The classroom.

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Because home video editions of Bill Nye the Science Guy are regularly available, school districts can easily access them and distribute them at their leisure. Whenever teachers wheel in that giant TV on that little cart, kids grow up knowing the name ‘Bill Nye’ like we know the names Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Plato, and so on.

It’s called ‘marketing’, and Disney’s very good at it…at least it’s for the purpose of education.

What’s your favorite school “tradition?”

 

 

 

WEIRD Disney?!

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Disney being weird? That’s like saying Hitler led the Nazis!

Oh wait…

Yes, this week is going to be all about the weird and wacky side of Disney. Because as much as I’d love to talk about Disney video games and Disney parks, it would be a disservice not to acknowledge the sides of Disney that are, in short, strange.

If anything, this post will help you appreciate Disney for what it is, because as with everything else in life, there’s no happy singing princesses without a few Creepypastas.

CUE THE DEMONIC CHOIR!

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The Twisted Princess Series

If you’re a frequent visitor to deviantart or a contributor of said site, then you might recognize this series, created by artist jeftoon1. Each picture comes with a story about what could have happened to each princess that prevented her happily ever after from coming true. For Alice in Alice in Wonderland, she was beheaded by the Queen of Hearts and brought back to life by the Cheshire Cat as a crazed killer puppet. For Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, they never had their princes wake them up from their eternal slumber, so what’s happened to cause them to move? Disturbing and grotesque, this is definitely a series worth checking out.

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The Haunted Mansion

Sure, the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney Land/Disney World has spooky scary skeletons and grim grinning ghosts running amuck, but has anyone ever considered the fact that all of these ghosts were, in theory, living people once? Take the Attic Bride for example. Her model and her setup have changed over the years, but the story is essentially the same: she’s married multiple times, and every time she’s married, her new husband dies “under mysterious circumstances”, or more accurately under an ax blade. For anybody as fascinated with psychology as I am, it’s so much more interesting not just to find out how they died, but also what drove them in their lives. What were their hopes, their ambitions, and what ultimately led up to their permanent afterlife residence in the Mansion?

There’s been plenty of theories surrounding these ghosts around the internet, so definitely check them out. If anything, they’ll help enrich the experience the next time you visit the ghostly hosts.

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Disney Movies’ Various Subject Matters

You don’t have to look very far for strange Disney stuff either. Consider this: Alice (Alice in Wonderland) witnesses a caterpillar smoking a hookah, eats and drinks strange things (ever heard of date rape, girl?) and a rabbit and an old man who are on a permanent caffeine high. In Aladdin, Jafar, who seems pretty old, is sexually attracted to Jasmine, who looks no older than 20 (pedophilia, anyone?). And please don’t get me started on the blatant abuse seen in Cinderella, Snow White, Tangled, The Sword in the Stone, etc.

Now does this mean that all of these movies are bad? No, in fact, I really enjoy The Sword in the Stone, and in my honest opinion, it’s not as popular as it should be. But like I said before, you can’t take the good without the bad, and as Disney is prone to do, it illustrates the bad in a way that’s meant to teach children what’s right and what’s wrong.

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For those of you who don’t know what a Creepypasta is, it’s basically (from what I understand) a modern horror story that has evolved from the internet. There’s ghosts in computers, unreasonably tall men in forests who like drawing and killing people, etc. Disney has a couple of creepypastas of its own, including an abandoned section of the theme park, and a Mickey Mouse suit that might or might not like taking its head off way too seriously.

 

These bits and pieces of Disney weirdness are barely scratching the surface when it comes to “how weird can children’s movies get?” What’s your favorite weird Disney bit?

 

 

 

Stay Cool, my Disney friends

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Hi everybody, and welcome to the best Monday since last week! You want to know why it’s the best Monday? Because this isn’t going to be just any other Disney post…it’s gonna be a GREAT Disney post! Starring…ice cube trays!

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Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll know that as soon as the temperature gets above 75 degrees (don’t freak out, I’m talking about Fahrenheit), you’ll start melting like the Wicked Witch of the West or at the very least your hair will look as if it hasn’t been washed in about a week when in reality you washed it this morning.

To help combat that issue, I took it upon myself to come up with four different Disney-themed ice cube treats that’ll cool you down whether it’s morning, afternoon, or late at night (and yes, for those of you who don’t experience this problem, it can get VERY hot at night as well).

Now before I start on any recipes, I needed to clean out my two ice cube trays due to the dust it was gathering in the cupboard. Then, it was time to get the party started.

Lilo and Stitch’s Hawaiian Ice/Sulley’s Milk Before Bed

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Both Monsters Inc. and Lilo and Stitch are fun movies to watch, and I would definitely recommend them if you’ve yet to see them. These are the only ingredients I used to make the cubes. Lilo’s ingredients are on the left, Sulley’s is on the right.

cube4 To make the Lilo and Stitch ice cubes, I poured OJ, Guava Juice, and Pomegranate syrup into the molds and just let them set overnight. The cool part about this is you can mix and match any tropical flavors you have, and it’ll still be delicious.

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cube3For Sulley, I took regular milk and giant sprinkles that have the same color as his fur. For this, you can technically take the colors of any character, but these sprinkles were calling to me at the grocery store. I knew I had to go with Sulley on this one!

The first thing I did, though, was NOT put milk in first, but actually put in some sprinkles at the bottom. Then, I poured the milk in and about an hour or so later, I putsome sprinkles on top of the hardened milk.

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I waited to put sprinkles on top for one big reason. I figured the sprinkles would actually be heavier than the actual milk. If I tried to put them on top before the milk hardened, they would just sink to the bottom.

Now what could possibly result from all this hard work?

CUE THE DELICIOUS ICE CUBE POSSIBILITIES!

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cube24 Sulley’s ice cube is awesome – it provided the perfect amount of milk to go into my morning cup of coffee! Or it could go into someone’s cereal if they’re up to waiting for it to melt. Hats off to you guys for all that patience.

 

cube25 And here’s the Lilo and Stitch cube! Once it melts, it adds that perfect amount of tropical flavor! Here it is when I put it in…

cube26 And here it is 5 minutes later! Now I had some Sprite to put together with this delicious gift from the heavens, but honestly, even a spritzer or vodka would work too! (quillegible does not condone underage drinking)

 

 

 

 

 

Now what could be better than something to add to your drinks? How about mini popsicles? Or chocolate? Don’t worry – I’ve got that covered too! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Popsicle/Mickey and Minnie’s Chocolate Delight

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These took a little longer to make than the previous ones, simply because there was more preparation necessary for these. But with fall coming up, what better way to get ready for all things pumpkin flavored than a pumpkin popsicle? And not just pumpkin…pumpkin pie.

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For the popsicles, I used plain greek yogurt and pumpkin pie flavoring (both the pumpkin pie and pomegranate are made by the same company Torani). I mixed the yogurt and the flavoring in a mixing bowl and then poured it into the molds. I bought five greek yogurts because I didn’t know how much I needed. Turns out I only needed two. Ah well. If you’re not a big fan of greek yogurt, then any yogurt will work.

 

After an hour in the freezer, I took popsicle sticks, cut them in half, and then stuck them into the hardening yogurt. Now it’s the perfect little snack on a hot August day, AND it’s the perfect way to get your pumpkin fix if you’re enthusiastic about fall coming. (#pumpkinspicelatteiscoming)

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For Mickey and Minnie’s Chocolate Delight, I used white chocolate and strawberries. Technically speaking, dark chocolate would probably have worked better for the color scheme, but I had their outfits in mind when I put these together. Basically, I melted the chocolate, diced strawberries and put them on the bottom of the molds, then poured chocolate into the molds. Lastly, I sprinkled some more diced strawberries on top, and threw them into the freezer. The result is amazing! The tartness of these strawberries worked really well with the overly sweet white chocolate.

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They’re just as delicious as they look. It’s okay, you can be jealous if you want. Or, you can go and make them for yourself! That’s why I did this blog post was to share ways to stay cool with you this summer.

 

 

Are there any other Disney fanatics who have other great recipes? Let me know in the comments or if you have a Disney idea in mind, hit me up in the Contact page!

 

 


5 Ways to Enjoy Disney Again

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Disney: one of the largest media companies in the world, and also one of the many things in life that I get really excited about. Adulthood: one of the largest parts of a person’s life (if not, the largest) and one of the few things in life I don’t get excited about all that often. Sure, I like to be independent just as much as the next college student, however, there have been many times recently where adulthood (and feeling totally alone) is completely overwhelming, stressful, anxious, depressing, etc. But before you turn to things like therapy and medication, I’d like for you to consider one method that might just change your cloud of doom into a sunshine of joy.

The method? Fall in love with Disney. As an adult.

Now, before you scream with outrage at the audacity that you re-watch children’s films, let me point out one simple fact: Disney himself has said that he doesn’t want to make films for children. Instead, and I quote, “…I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” So, with that food for thought, allow me to explain five ways to incorporate Disney into your life as you get older.

  1. Re-watch Disney films

Let’s talk about the most obvious (and theoretically least expensive) method first. This is a method that, tried and true, has brought a smile to children’s faces. So, why shouldn’t it bring a smile to yours? Case in point: what is your favorite Disney movie? Aladdin? Peter Pan? Cinderella? Sleeping Beauty? Just think of your favorite Disney movie, or if you can’t choose your favorite, pick one.

You thought of it? Okay, great. Next question: when was the last time you watched it? Do you remember what happens? What are the parts that you love the most? Even when you think about your favorite Disney movie, there’s a certain nostalgia that settles into your heart, even if it’s been years. Just imagine how much better you’d feel if you watched it again.

How about dusting off that old collection?
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  1. Follow Disney on social media

Disney has a Facebook, a Twitter, a LinkedIn, and an Instagram, just to name a few. Following them not only gives you an insight as to what the Studios are up to, or what’s going on at the Parks, but also allows you to look at photos and videos of those insights. Watching Mickey on screen is pretty cool, but it’s also much cooler to watch how they pulled it off. My personal favorite Disney social media outlet is The Main Street Mouse on Facebook. They post videos and photos of Disney World shows, parades, rides, and everything else you could possibly want.

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  1. Work for Disney

This one might be a little harder to pull off, depending on where you live. But working at one of the Disney Parks in California, Florida, or even Hawaii can help give you that Disney magic you were looking for. Or, if you’re getting your bachelor’s or even your master’s, working for Disney Studios can also help relieve you of the depressions that come with adult life. That’s not to say the job won’t be challenging, however if you just keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true (I had to throw that in there).

Not sure if you want to work there or not? Just ask yourself those essential life-building questions that come with choosing what you want to do with your life: what would you want if you didn’t become unhappy about not getting it? What’s stopping you? You know, those kinds of questions.

In addition to the above, you also get paid. Kind of like a permanent Disney vacation, but they pay you. And there’s discounts. How can you go wrong with that?

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  1. Host a Disney Game Night

Disney has taken over so many board games, it’s not even funny. Clue, Sorry, Monopoly, there’s even DVD trivia games surrounding Disney facts and lore. Or, if you don’t want to go down that route, you can always have a Disney movie night, but that kind of falls under number five, which is why I went with Disney games instead. Now I understand that some of us with social anxiety, depression, or perpetual loneliness, don’t really have the kind of friends who would enjoy Disney things, or even worse, there really aren’t a lot of friends around. In which case, I totally understand, there are plenty of Disney games you can play online where you can meet new people or play by yourself, including but not limited to:

  • Disney Infinity
  • Club Penguin
  • Disney Universe
  • The Epic Mickey Series

    Gameplay of Disney Universe
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  1. DisneyBound

This is such a fun way to really get your spirit into Disney. It invokes your creative side, and all the while you’re looking and feeling great while you’re at it. Talk about a confidence booster! For those of you who don’t understand, let me explain what DisneyBound is. It’s really, really complicated: you use your everyday clothes to dress up as Disney characters. That’s it. For example, right now I’m wearing a white tank top and black yoga pants. I could slap on a red jacket and black gloves and I could be Cruella De Vil. Or I could add a paw print accessory and I could be a Dalmation puppy. The possibilities are endless.

Leslie Kay, the creator of DisneyBound, puts together different outfits using everyday clothes with the help of Polyvore, and posts them everyday. Each outfit is inspired by a character, and she’s got every Disney movie under the sun figured out. So, when you want to do a DisneyBound outfit but can’t think of who to dress up as, you go to her site and the inspiration is right there on her tumblr page.

Such cute ideas for boys and girls!
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So, what do you think? Is it worth a shot to try Disney before therapy?

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Is Snow White Feminist?


     Typically, when you hear the word ‘feminism’, the last thing you think about is Disney’s 1937 feature Snow White, and why should you? All the movie did was epitomize the idea that all a woman needs is a man to save the day. Or does it? Sure, True Love’s First Kiss woke Snow White from the ‘Sleeping Death’ at the end of the movie, but other than that, where is he? This dashing prince only appears twice in the whole movie, and is only talked about once or twice. So, if he’s not saving the day all the time, then what is Snow White doing with her life? Actually, a bit more than you might think.

     At the beginning of the movie, we learn that Snow White is put to work as a scullery maid and is forced to wear rags by her jealous stepmother (oh, the horror). This part is really only glossed over and used more as an introductory scene to all the main characters (or side, in the prince’s case). Later on in the movie, when Snow White uses those skills in the ‘real world’ (aka the dwarves’ cottage), she gets accepted as a working member of the household. Had she not been forced to work as a maid in her old home, Snow White’s story could have ended very differently.


     In addition to being accepted into the dwarves’ household, there’s a small part of Snow White’s personality that comes out that doesn’t quite fit into the stereotypical attitude of a woman of the 1930’s. At times, when the dwarves were being outright sexist (99% of Grumpy’s attitude was sexist, fight me nerds), Snow White’s sweet demeanor has a surprising undertone of snark. She proved right from their first meeting that she wasn’t going to take any shade, and eventually taught the dwarves not to just behave themselves because she was a princess, but to respect her when she has hit the lowest point of her life.

     But what about the Prince? How could Snow White’s attitude be justified as feminist when she’s too busy batting her eyelashes at the guy? Other than what I already mentioned earlier, let me expand on the whole “lowest point” comment from earlier. Here is a fourteen year old girl, waiting to be engaged to a prince or other high ranking noble (remember, this is Germanic territory in the early 15th century), when suddenly she learns that her own stepmother wants her killed. As such, she is forced to run for her life and hide in the most inconspicuous place she and her little animal friends can find. Doesn’t sound like a very good time to be batting eyelashes, does it?


     Admittedly, this was a pretty difficult article to write. As someone who has never been a fan of stupid cheesy love songs or Snow White, I knew that going into this week’s Disney Day would be a challenge for me, but after watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with a more open mindset, I realized that perhaps Walt Disney was a little more progressive than I originally thought.
     What do you think? Can Disney’s first feature film ever be considered feminist, even if only slightly?